How To Holiday Like A Rich Kid... In Thailand
Look. We’d all love to holiday like the Kardashians. Or, you know, Vicky Pattison at the very least. But not all of us have an unlimited budget to spend adventuring around the world. So what can we do while we wait for fame and fortune to find us?
Fake it. At least, until we've made it. Here's our guide to living the dream in Thailand - a mythical place notorious for its beautiful sandy beaches, delicious street food, and outrageous full moon parties.
Live Like A Queen
If you want to feel like you’re really getting away from it all, it’s worth spending a little extra cash on a nice hotel. While the value of a fiver might not mean much in Europe anymore, it goes a long way in Thai Baht, so you're in the right place to get a bit of bang for your buck. (NOPE. We didn't mean it like that. Get your damn mind out of the guttter.) Trust us - a tiny bit of luxury goes a long way to making you feel amazing. And you deserve to feel amazing. (Seriously. STOP IT.)
Eat Like A King
Whether you’re a fan of a pre-holiday diet or not, travelling isn’t the right time to worry about piling on the pounds. Particularly not when you're living in the land of pad thai, pineapple fried rice, creamy green curry and sweet, sweet mango sticky rice. This is potentially your only opportunity to taste every damn dish the country has to offer, so take it. Twice.
Drink Like A Movie Star
There’s just something that screams HOLIDAY about a colourful cold drink in a pretty glass on a hot day, isn't there? Pick the most complicated-looking thing on the menu, preferably involving delicious exotic local ingredients like lemongrass or chili or erm... well, vodka, and Instagram the hell out of it. (Top tip: Make sure there's a palm tree in the frame. A real one.)
Instagram Like You’re Insta-Famous
Speaking of Instagram, a holiday is your cue to #sunsetbore away without fear of reprisal or recrimination. This is your chance to join the Insta elite, take photographs even the most practiced of travel bloggers could only dream of and use hashtags like #afterglow without irony. Besides, views like this demand to be shared.
Live Like A Royal
Never - we repeat, NEVER - miss an opportunity to enjoy a rooftop bar. Sure, the views are nice, but mostly it makes you feel important and fancy. An infinity pool doesn’t hurt either. Find the fanciest hotel on whichever island you happen to be on, and it's likely to deliver. You might not be staying in the lap of luxury, but Thailand's a pretty friendly place and most hotels will definitely welcome you for a drink or a bite to eat. Be warned, though - the nicer the hotel, the higher the bar bill's likely to be.
Chill Out Like A Celebrity
Go private, or go home. Or, better yet, take advantage of an empty looking patch of sand for a luxe-looking picture opportunity. Seriously, though, most private beach bars will let you stay for the day in exchange for a small fee - and it’s worth the cost to avoid the crowds for one or two days. And after a week on a beach like Patong or Chaweng, you'll be deeply in need of some personal space.
Party Like You’ve Never Partied Before
Holidays aren’t like real life. You can do what you want, be who you want, and spend the next day sleeping it off… on a beach. Take advantage of it while you can. And if you're lucky enough to be in Thailand at the right time of the month, there's a bucket list experience ready and waiting to give you a two day hangover. If you get invited to a full moon party, don't even think about turning it down - just make sure you've got neon paint at the ready, and stay safe.
By Cat Collins